Welcome back. How are you? We're a tired bunch here at Clutter Headquarters. BDH and Little Buddha had a hard time getting to sleep after last night's game. It's the first time BDH has ever seen the Patriots lose the Super Bowl, so he was feeling a little down, and probably also a bit confused. Little Buddha tried to explain to him that these things happen sometimes. It took a while, but I think he eventually got it. I let him sleep in his Patriots jersey last night, and that also helped. We're all moving a bit slowly this morning, so the guys made the coffee extra strong. Help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.
There's no getting around it, the New England Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. It was a shootout of a game, with neither side's defense apparently prepared to play. It was hard to imagine that Eagles journeyman quarterback Nick Foles was going to keep up with Tom Brady on the biggest stage of them all, but Foles lit up the New England defense all night long, going 28 of 43 for 373 yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles offense found large gaps on the field all night, and the defense couldn't tackle to save their lives. The Patriots played from behind for most of the game, until they managed to pull ahead 33-32 in the fourth quarter. However, Foles and company responded to regain the lead and they didn't look back. The Patriots simply lost to the better team last night.
One of the biggest questions about the game is why cornerback Malcolm Butler was a late scratch. Butler, who saved the Super Bowl win against the Seattle Seahawks, didn't play at all on defense and just appeared on special teams. It sounds like it was a last-minute decision that left Butler and his teammates surprised. It's difficult to believe that Bill Belichick wouldn't field his strongest possible team, but one has to wonder if Butler could have helped that porous defense even just a little bit. It also feels grossly unprofessional to spring that decision on Butler and the rest of the team right before the game. Butler didn't have a great year, but he was surely expecting to start and should have been told earlier than a few minutes before kick-off. You can be a great coach and at least marginally human at the same time. Butler is clearly gone from the team, and it's too bad that his stint ended on such a sour note.
On the other side of the ball, there's apparently now some question about whether or not Rob Gronkowski might retire. Did not see that coming. Gronk wouldn't say he'd definitely be back next year at a press conference after the game. The gigantic tight end has taken a beating over the last eight years, so it makes sense that he'd want to take some time to think about his health. Hell, it's a smart move. He's got to do whatever is right for him, but we hope this isn't it for the big guy.
Is this it for Gronk? (pic via nbcsports.com)
There are certainly many changes coming to the New England Patriots this off-season, between the loss of both their offensive and defensive coordinators (Josh McDaniels is leaving, right?), as well as player moves. Was this the end of the dynasty? Not prepared to go that far at the moment, but the window is clearly closing on this group. Hopefully there are still a few more years left, but either way, it's been one hell of a run.
None of the Super Bowl commercials really did much for us, apart from Danny DeVito as a red M&M causing a small chuckle. However, a Dodge commercial being narrated by Martin Luther King Jr. gets a particular thumbs-down. Hearing the civil rights icon talk about the value of public service is not going to get us to buy a truck. Also, apparently another part of that same speech criticizes materialism. That's a fail all the way around.
Actually, we were intrigued by the trailer for the upcoming Han Solo movie. What did you think of it?
Now that the Patriots are done, it's time to shift our attention back to the Boston Red Sox. The team's equipment truck leaves for Florida today, and pitchers and catchers have their first work out a week from Wednesday. Now, if the Sox could just sign JD Martinez, we'd be ready to go.
How are you doing, This is Us fans? Anyone need a tissue or a hug? If you need someone to talk to, BDH and Little Buddha are great at listening.
Gone Baby Gone is being turned into a TV show? Interesting. We enjoyed Dennis Lehane's book and the subsequent movie, and if writer Robert Levine can accurately bring private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro to the small screen, this might be worth checking out.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. We need a little more help in addition to the coffee to get moving right now, so let's have Megadeth close things out with, "Lying in State," for today's, "Song of the Day."
Thanks for stopping by, everyone. It was great to see you, as always. We're going to go see if we can get BDH to switch into his Red Sox shirt. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll meet up again for more randomness soon. Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.